Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Frank Schumacher

- Associate Professor

Dr. phil., University of Cologne, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84987
Email: fschuma@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2235
Office Hours: Mondays 12:00-2:00pm or by appointment

Research Interests

Professor Schumacher specializes in international, global, and transnational history with a focus on the role of the United States in world affairs, the history of empires and colonialism, and the global history of genocide and mass violence.

Teaching Philosophy

My courses are designed to foster a positive, energetic, and inspiring learning environment in which students experience the joy of learning and a strong sense of accomplishment. I integrate diverse instructional methods, draw on multi-disciplinary perspectives, and place great emphasis on student involvement and lively discussion in my seminars.

I supervise M.A. and Ph.D. students whose research is related to the role of the United States in world affairs, the history of empires, and the global history of mass violence. I welcome inquiries from students interested in graduate work at Western.   

Major Research Projects

I am currently completing a book-length biographical essay on Theodore Roosevelt which examines the fascinating and multi-faceted life of America’s 26th president and seeks to explain his enduring bi-partisan appeal to the political discourse in the United States.

My second book project Embedded Empire: the United States and Colonialism, 1898-1946 explores how American settler-imperial habits and inter-cultural transfers of European and Japanese imperial ‘know-how’ shaped the administrative, legal, military, scientific, economic, and cultural dimensions of the U.S. colonial empire.

Finally, I am engaged in two projects in the field of comparative genocide studies. The project Resisting Mass Murder: Opposition, Non-Compliance, and Subversion in Modern Genocides, examines case studies of opposition to and refusal of participation in mass killings. The project Greed and Genocide: Economic Benefit and Mass Murder in Modern History studies economic advancement and greed as driving forces for mass murder.

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